Illustration in the style of Heinrich Kley
Heinrich Kley was a German illustrator, editorial illustrator, and painter who gained notoriety for his darkly humorous pen drawings, published in Jugend and the notorious Simplicissimus. He studied "practical arts" at the Karlsruhe Akademie and finished his studies in Munich. His early works were conventional portraits, landscapes, still lifes, city scenes, and historical paintings. From about 1892, he won a reputation as an "industry artist," painting manufacturing scenes in oils and watercolors. They proved his deep understanding of the modern machine world.
Heinrich Was Banned Under the Nazi Regime
A collection of the style of Heinrich Kley published in sketchbooks was sold under the title Sammelalbum alter und neuer Zeichnungen (Album of Old and New Drawings). Heinrich was banned under the Nazi regime of Germany. The date of Kley's death is uncertain, but it is suggested that he died on 2 August 1945. According to the Nazi banned books list, Kley died on February 8th, 1945.
Cartoonist Joe Grant introduced Kley's drawings to Walt Disney, who built an extensive private collection. A number of early Disney productions, notably Fantasia, reveal Kley's inspiration. Despite being little regarded in Germany, Kley is still known in the US because of Disney's interest and reprints by Dover Publications.